New report on worst Bay Area commute released

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- According to a new report released by the MTC, the worst Bay Area commute is eastbound Highway 101 leading to Treasure Island.

The second worst commute in the East Bay westbound Highway 4 to the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza.

And the third worst commute is in the South Bay on Interstate 680 in San Jose.

Brian Wall has gone out his way to avoid commuting in Bay Area traffic. "Buying a motorcycle to adjusting my hours," he said.

Wall said none of it works. "Unless it's a major holiday and people are out of town, it's brutal every single day," he said.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission's annual report found the amount of time Bay Area drivers spent in traffic going 35 miles an hour or less went up 22-percent between 2014 and 2015.

The morning commute on southbound Interstate 680 and northbound Interstate 280 from East San Jose to Cupertino is new to the top 10.

It jumped from number 20 to number three.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese is chair of the MTC. He says the workforce is growing and the workforce is commuting. "No politician wants to say no more jobs. Everybody's out there campaigning, you hear it in the national elections, jobs jobs jobs. The fact of the matter is, we're creating jobs so fast we're having a hard time keeping up," he said.

The president of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group says the solution is Measure B, a half cent sales tax increase for Santa Clara County transportation projects. "Instead of focusing on wider highways, we're thinking smarter highway around key interchange improvements and auxiliary lane improvements," Silicon Valley leadership group CEO Carl Guardino said.

Voters will decide on Measure B next month.

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